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Dogs running on the beach - tongues lolling, the trademark wemakeawesomesh.it cat asleep on the floor, a bear doing the harlem shake, Saturday night beaver, Kylie Minogue and that’s just the home page of the awesome new wemakeawesomesh.it website.
The boys have done it again; the wemakeawesomesh.it website has evolved. Quantum leaps have been made since Syd conjured up the first website for the company whilst sat on a flight back from Sydney Music Hack Day and let’s face it, we love him as a developer and all round awesome guy, but he’s no Rob Hampson when it comes to design.
This sleek new design incorporates the world of animals, music, dance and computer gaming. Well…what did you expect?!
Check out the new website for all the latest on us, our projects and gif interpretations of the companies principals.
The website is also open source, with all code hosted at github, so feel free to have a squiz at it or pinch a couple of our ideas. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a cat burglar, we will be covering some of the tech and open sourcing the plugins we created in due course.
We hope you like it, let us know over on Twitter what you think of it! And you know what, if you don’t like it… then screw you.By sydlawrenceWednesday, October 16, 2013
Virgin contacted us asking us if we could create a hotline for The Family Rain, a band. They wanted to create a hotline for fans to ring up to hear the new single “Feel Better (Frank)” and to get a free download. They also wanted fans to tell The Family their problems.
The hotline is of course using Twilio, and then the recorded message is uploaded to SoundCloud. The site is moderated. The message is set as being privately shared and an administrator receives an email. They then must set the track to be public before it appears on the site.
The code to upload to soundcloud was relatively painfree, but there were a few small issues which I will document here.
To get a never expiring auth token to upload to the same account, you need to add &scope=non-expiring to your connect url such as :
Another pain point we came across was that in the upload to soundcloud must be the full data for the audio, not just a url. Twilio sends us a url of the recording. We then need to store that locally and then send it back up to soundcloudBy sydlawrenceFriday, September 27, 2013
I saw @MrQwest tweet the other day that he was going to be creating something that showed the user something different if they were near a location. He asked Twitter if anyone had done something similar.
Last Christmas I was asked to make a web site for the launch of the latest Rolling Stones’ greatest hits album Grrr. For the launch, the Stones were having a pop up shop on Carnaby Street. Polydor, the label the band is signed to, wanted to be able to allow fans to listen to the album via their mobile phone if they were within a mile of the store while they were shopping. It would also allow fans to listen to the album easily and for free while in the pop up store before they decided to buy the album.
location object has
latitude as attributes along with various others. Once I have got their
location I then needed to discover their distance from a known location, using the longitude and latitude.
So now I know their distance, I can then show them the relative information. Now there are a few things to bear in mind, location data can be spoofed. The browser could pretend it is somewhere else. The band and label were very aware with this for the project.
There we go, simples.By sydlawrenceThursday, September 26, 2013
If you visit the say lou lou site now, you might just think, what’s so awesome about that? Well, as it happens, if you come back in 12 hours you will see a different site. Edd at Columbia wanted us to make it so that people saw it differently (colours) depending what time of day they visited.
What we’ve done is we’ve added iplocation to the site using MaxMind, to roughly geolocate you.
Using very basic maths I’ve tried to work out how far from these times you are and if the sun is rising or setting while you are on the page. (Yes at times the site is grey) (and yes, there is a moment when the text is the same colour as the background, however we want to add in an easter egg here, but at the moment we aren’t sure what, if you have any ideas, tweet us).
You might be asking (if viewed at night) why is there a sudden flicker, and that’s because tumblr themes are just simple html.By sydlawrenceTuesday, August 20, 2013
2 weeks ago, I went along to the 3 Beards Digital Sizzle #9 Art Hackathon that Twilio sponsored.
Prior to the event, I had an idea for something I wanted to make. I wanted to make a digital interactive wall of lights and buttons. I’ve recently been playing with a Novation Launchpad so I thought I would get in touch with them and ask them if they would be so kind as to loan me 16 of these awesome devices. \o/ Success, they said yes!
South Place Hotel kindly awarded Standing Novation the South Place Hotel Award and they have expressed an interest in having it as a permanent installation later on in the year.
The organiser of Hack The Barbican also loved Standing Novation so much that they asked us if we could set it up at the Hack The Barbican exhibition inside the Barbican.
Standing Novation is currently on display at the Barbican, and will be on display for the rest of this week, make sure you check it out.
After the hackathon itself, I headed off to San Francisco for a few weeks which therefore gave me a logistical nightmare. Thankfully Rob Belgrave helped out hugely and took it upon himself to make the awesome frame to keep the launchpads together and upright, without him, there is no chance in hell it would be working as well as it is currently working, so thank you Rob.
Finally, huge thanks to:
- Novation - for lending me the launchpads (they are awesome, go buy one)
- 3 Beards - for organising the hackathon
- Twilio - for sponsoring the hackathon
- Rob Belgrave - for being awesome
- Si Green - for helping Rob put together the frame
- Hack The Barbican - for wanting to exhibit my Standing Novation installation
- South Place Hotel - for hosting the hackathon
Which is best, Vine or Instagram?
Argue all you like, but there’s only one way to settle this, and that’s with a big scientific fight.
Before now, other sites compared the number of public links to each service, and Instagram took a clear lead. No sh.it, we said. Instagram hit 130 million active users this summer, which is always going to leap ahead of a service like Vine which only launched in January. And besides, The Next Web has shown how those Topsy stats everyone was using to demonstrate Instagram’s lead are sketchy at best.
There’s a better way to compare Instagram and Vine. With a big floating hand.
For the past month we’ve been running a little test at VineVsInstagram.com which pits them against each other to see which has the best video content. In the green corner, Vine, the original micro video startup owned by Twitter. In the blue corner, Instagram and the #selfie army.
Our Vine Vs Instagram experiment randomly picks a video from each service, where you can use our patented giant hand technology to pick your favourite video. Each click acts as a vote for that platform. We make a tonne of fun sites for clients, and smashed this one out one Saturday after Tom proposed the idea, with Rob designing the whole thing by hand and Syd pulling the code together.
One month and 32,000 votes later, the results are in:
That’s 18,007 votes for Vine, compared to 14,954 for Instagram.
Vine is better than Instagram, according to our test. Or at least, the average Vine video is better than the average Instagram video. And until someone comes up with a better set of results, that’s f**king official.By sydlawrenceTuesday, June 25, 2013
I’ve been fascinated with Vine ever since it was launched in January. Vine, if you didn’t already know, lets you capture and share short looping videos which can be up to 6 seconds long. Having this 6 second limitation has squeezed no end of creative loveliness from people everywhere:
This got me thinking. Maybe we could use Vine in a different way - to make music. I recorded 20 individual Vines of myself singing musical notes with the plan to make a keyboard.
Last weekend at HackBmth, myself and my bro @skattyadz got the chance to make this idea real. I designed the on screen keyboard and @skattyadz did the clever stuff, linking the Vines to the computer keyboard and adding effects like distortion and reverb. @sydlawrence also added some essential hokery pokery towards the end.
Here’s someone using it for real:By robhampsonTuesday, April 23, 2013
"What would happen if you put Bournemouth’s creatives in one room, for one day?" That’s HACKBMTH. That’s it. There’s no theme, no goal, and no pressure. It’s a chance to make on that thing you’ve had in the back of your mind, to try something new, and to learn off each other.
As soon as I walked through the door at 10 am I had a great feeling. The room was already buzzing with about 30 - 40 people discussing their ideas for the day. Lots of interesting hardware scattered the place. It was exciting to imagine how things might end up at the show and tell.
After a quick intro from @skattyadz and @jonginn everyone got hacking. It was awesome looking around seeing people work on weird and wonderful things just for the hell of it. Every now and then I’d take a walk and see what people were up to. It was a great chance to chat tech and learn about stuff from friendly people.
Anyway, the show and tell soon rolled around. Here’s what people got up to. I’ve tried to link credits to Twitter where possible and I hope I haven’t missed anyone:
Balloon Animal Maker by @jonginn
Magically make balloon animals with the help of Leap Motion.
Mind Controlled Beer Pourer by @Phishtitz and John
Magically pour beer just using your brain!
A Time Telling Hat by Sean
This hat wiggles on the hour so you know the time.
Twitter Account RSS Feeds by @KayraAlat
Kayra learnt Django and made RSS feeds from twitter accounts.
Lazyweb bot by @tombuildsstuff
A bot that automagically answers questions through twitter.
YouTube/Soundcloud mixer by Adam
Load your tracks up and get mixing!
Cat party by @alexbrookey
Turn any site instantly into a cat party
Magic Coffee Cup by Chris
Put your cup on a device that likes NFC and boom!
NFC car registration reader by @JammyClarkie
Tappity tap and your car deets appear - handy!
Leap Motion Laser Fingers by @andytouch
Shoot stuff with your hands.
Polargraph line drawing machine by Mark
A thing that draws things using things made by a 3D printer